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Hawaii County Council Supports La Ho’i Ho’i Ea

HILO, Hawaii – The Hawaii County Council Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development took up a rare discussion on Hawaiian sovereignty in Hilo on Tuesday. Puna Councilman Danny Paleka introduced a resolution requesting the Hawaii state legislature designate July 31st as Lā Ho‘iho‘i Ea, recognizing the day independence was restored to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1843 following a taking by the British Royal Navy.

From the “whereas” section of Resolution 185-15:

WHEREAS, La Ho‘iho‘i Ea translates to Restoration Day, which marks the day that independence was restored to the Hawaiian Kingdom on July 31, 1843, after being seized and forcefully taken by Lord George Paulet, a captain of the British Royal Navy’s HMS Carysfort; and

WHEREAS, July 31 commemorates the day that Admiral Richard Darton Thomas of the British Royal Navy ordered the Union Jack (Union Flag) to be removed and replaced with the Hawaiian flag, ending over five months of unauthorized military occupation; and

WHEREAS, the County of Hawai‘i recognizes that there is a need to honor, support, and cherish this significant day in Hawai‘i’s history; and

WHEREAS, Chapter 8, Holidays, of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes designates certain days for the purpose of celebration, honor, remembrance, public education, and awareness; and

WHEREAS, July 31 should be known and designated as “La Ho‘iho‘i Ea” in recognition of the day independence was restored to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, provided this day is not and shall not be construed to be a State holiday; now, therefore,

The measure drew lots of testimony from subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The discussion also hit home for some councilmembers who have deep roots on the island.

The entire council voted to pass the resolution, which will go to the full council for a vote in the next few weeks.

Public Testimony:

Council Discussion:

1 comment to Hawaii County Council Supports La Ho’i Ho’i Ea

  • Phoenix

    I am wondering if anyone has posed the question of WHY they are putting a high-powered telescope on the top of Mauna Kea?…..Nibiru is in our solar system and is set to come close between us and the sun–its orbit is roughly 3,600 years and it doesnt always come between us and the sun. The last time it did, accounts of it are recorded in all holy books. The great flood in the bible, about 11,000 yrs ago…….

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